Whether they're too stiff or too loose or just too worn and outdated,
interior doorknobs are something you can easily replace yourself. Here's how.
1. A new doorknob and its hardware.Obtain a replacement doorknob. Besides
the style, look for something solid that will hold up to regular use and
last a long time. Also, consider whether this will go on a bedroom,
bathroom or closet. Should it have a privacy lock? If you have lever-style
handles and a locking handle, you will need to get a right- or left-handed
handle appropriate to the door direction. Buy a doorknob with a pawl the
same length as the one you are replacing.
A new doorknob and its hardware.
2. Remove the two screws on the face plate. Twist counterclockwise to remove.
3. Remove the two screws on the knob plate. The handles will come loose, so
be prepared for both sides to fall.
4. Pull the handles off both sides.
5. Push the faceplate and pawl out through the opening.
6. Loosen the two screws on the strike plate and remove the strike plate.
7. Some doorknobs come with a choice of face plates. On this one, you can
replace the face plate by prying it off with a flat-blade screwdriver.
Select the face plate that matches the opening in your door.
8. Size up the new strike plate and pawl mechanisms with the holes in
your door and door jamb.
9. Use a hammer and chisel to adjust the openings in the door and door
jamb, if necessary.